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Led by Songhur Balkhi and Lulu the Spy, the Ayyars Slit the Throats of Prison Guards and Free Sa'id Farrukh-Nizhad Folio from an illustrated Hamza-Nama series Northern India (Mughal school), 1557-1572 Opaque watercolor and gold on cloth and ink on paper Overall: 30 7/8 x 24 1/2 in. (78.4 x 62.2 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Museum Collection Fund, 24.46

Some participants were asked to respond to this painting. Here are their responses:

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • action
  • active
  • anger
  • attack
  • battle
  • battle scene  history 
  • blood
  • bloodshed
  • bloody
  • bodies
  • brawl
  • brilliant
  • brutal
  • busy
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • color
  • complex
  • complexity
  • conflict
  • convoluted
  • crazy
  • crowd
  • crowded
  • danger
  • desolation
  • disco
  • exciting
  • fear
  • fight
  • fighting
  • fightinh
  • fracas
  • frenetic
  • gory
  • graphic
  • grisley
  • gupta
  • hair
  • informative
  • intricate
  • isoperspective
  • kidnap
  • kill
  • lively
  • market
  • massacre
  • ooh
  • packed
  • party
  • people
  • pillage
  • pirat
  • raid
  • razanama
  • rebellion
  • revolution
  • riot
  • roofs
  • savage
  • scary
  • social conflict
  • society
  • stab
  • stabby
  • struggle
  • sword
  • too busy
  • tragic
  • trapezoid
  • values
  • violence
  • violent
  • war
  • warriors
  • wild
  • wowza

Enter a word that describes the subject or mood of this painting:

  • action
  • action packed
  • aggressive
  • agressive
  • amare
  • anger
  • animosity
  • architectural
  • argumentative
  • attack
  • barbaric
  • battle
  • bloodshed and revenge
  • bloody
  • brutal
  • budy
  • busy
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • clash
  • colorful and full of motion
  • combattive
  • complex
  • conflict
  • conflicting
  • convulsive
  • dramatic
  • festive
  • fierce
  • fight
  • fight!
  • fighting
  • frenetic
  • gorey
  • gory
  • gruesome
  • historical
  • hostile
  • intense
  • interesting
  • intricate
  • invasion
  • legend history
  • many
  • martial
  • massacre
  • mayhem
  • murder!
  • narrative
  • ornate
  • patterned busy fun
  • pillage
  • pleasure
  • plight
  • pretty war
  • religion war
  • retribution?
  • revolts in the square
  • rivalry
  • slaughter
  • struggle
  • surprise attack
  • turkish
  • turmoil
  • utterly violent
  • violence
  • violent
  • war
  • warfare
  • warring
  • wild

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • beige pink
  • blue
  • brick
  • brown
  • burnt orange
  • burnt sienna
  • gold
  • light red
  • mauve light blue
  • none
  • orange
  • orange brown
  • orange red
  • oranges
  • pale rose
  • peach
  • periwinkle
  • pink
  • pink or rose
  • pinkish tan
  • pinky rose
  • purple
  • red
  • red and blue
  • red orange
  • red orange  blue contrast
  • red pink
  • reds
  • rosy beige
  • rust
  • rust orangish
  • salmon
  • sienna
  • slate blue
  • tan
  • yello
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 15 figures
  • 16, possibly 18
  • a bunch
  • fifteen
  • fourteen
  • many
  • more than 15
  • sixteen
  • thirteen
  • 1
  • 6
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 20
  • 21
  • 30

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Warriors killing and wounding people in a palace.
  • Battle
  • A violent but very pattern-y fight between two groups inside the walls of a house/town
  • In a courtyard, a battle rages.
  • A bloody battle is taking place within the compound of a castle.
  • An attach on an Indian castle by mongol mercenaries.
  • Defending our home from invaders.
  • This is mayhem; people are dying everywhere.
  • War scene
  • Many people fighting in a courtyard
  • Feuding parties battle and torture each other in a courtyard or house.
  • Assault on a courtyard
  • Violent
  • Battle in the courtyard.
  • War in the palace.
  • A frenetic battle inside a fancy courtyard.
  • There is an attack on some sort of compound.
  • A battle in a palace
  • Battle scene
  • This is a battle scene in an ancient Asian palace.
  • Battle is on!
  • About fifteen individuals battle in a courtyard with swords and shields (not all of them are armed).
  • Battle scene in a courtyard
  • A bloody battle wages between opposing war bands.
  • Battle at the palace
  • Bloody
  • Battle scene
  • War has erupted inside of a courtyard!
  • Violent but oddly bloodless. I'd like to know the story.
  • Bloody fight
  • Marauding soldiers
  • Battle.
  • A battle scene in a courtyard.
  • Brigands attacking a family.
  • An invasion of the family house.
  • Battle of two rival families - beautiful colors!
  • The barbarians have gained entry into the palace and are attacking the guards.
  • In the courtyard of a complex of buildings we see about a dozen figures who are engaged in a violent battle choreographed to flow rhythmically throughout the space of the picture as one group seeks perhaps to kidnap the domestic occupants of this dwelling while their servants defend them.
  • Fight scene w/ a compound's walls.
  • Brawl
  • Battle scene within a palace courtyard with possible release of a prisoner in action.
  • More than a dozen men wearing Indian costumes fight in a palace courtyard.
  • War of some sort.
  • Some kind of battle?
  • A battle.
  • Attack
  • Marauders taking over a wealthy home.
  • A brutal and bloody fight scene take place within the confines of a home's courtyard.
  • Battle scene, invaders in a palace courtyard
  • The battle
  • Fight
  • Elaborate battle scene that looks like a dance at the same time.
  • EXCESSIVE
  • Lots of people engaged in a fight.
  • A bloody battle in a palace.
  • Battle.
  • A fierce battle rages within a compound.
  • This looks like some kind of battle going on because of the weapons, blood and action.
  • Ooooooh.
  • Family
  • Duck!!!
  • Ambush!!
  • Bobby invited the wrong people to the party!
  • Revolution.
  • A battle.
  • Looks like a scene from Kill Bill!
  • War
  • Battle scene in walled area
  • Vibrant
  • A battle within castle walls between soldiers carrying swords and shields.
  • Battle
  • The compound has been attacked by invaders and the people are not prepared to defend themselves
  • A battle in an inner courtyard.
  • I enjoy the drama of a battle, the colors are gorgeous and I love the business of the composition.
  • Fighting within the walls of a palace.
  • A fierce battle
  • Just like the slaying of the suitors.
  • A gory battle scene
  • Its a horrible scene of torture and execution but one person is getting away.
  • Violently calm.
  • Battle in palace
  • A fight is taking place within the palace grounds.
  • People fight with swords in a courtyard.
  • A battle in a palace.
  • This is a battle scene
  • A fight on a rooftop.
  • A hectic battle
  • Battle
  • A bloody battle is taking place in the palace while two men sneak out of the gate.
  • Heathens and warriors battling
  • Party brawl.
  • The warriors are attacking the un-armed civilians inside the compound.
  • Mayhem erupting in the courtyard.
  • A murderous cacaphony
  • Fight to the death!
  • Fighting and killing invasion of home
  • This is a very busy picture with a lot of violence going on.
  • More fighting, this time for the king.
  • This is a battle scene inside palace walls.
  • A battle scene taking place in a courtyard or square
  • People fitting and getting killed
  • Inside the walls of a highly decorated palace, terrible violence is unleashed by men with swords and shields; outside the gate one warrior chases another.
  • Battle in courtyard
  • Love the action and colors, vibrant
  • So much going on, detailed
  • A battle at a palace
  • Ambush scene with people being decapitated by invaders who have penetrated a private compound
  • Stuff happening
  • Battle in the palace
  • A battle on a palace terrace.
  • A battle scene inside palace or fort.
  • Violent
  • The city is being attacked by outsiders, similar to the trojan war
  • Seems as if they are fighting
  • This is a battle in a courtyard in which the defenders are losing.
  • A graphic scene where one group has overtaken a palace looting and killing inhabitants
  • A battle scene in multiple registers.
  • Depicts perhaps interactions between Indians and perhaps the Chinese or Japanese. It is rare for a painting to depict the two nationalities together.
  • Figth
  • Class warfare
  • The scene depicts an invasion and a battle to fight off the invasion.
  • Disputes and sword fighting between two groups.
  • A battle.
  • The battle in the palace.
  • A confusing battle scene in which the decorative rendering of the buildings adds to the general feeling of mayhem.
  • Violence in controlled setup.
  • A battle scene between with over a dozen combatants, fighting inside an ornately decorated and tiled building which features beautiful patterning and colours
  • War
  • Rebels come to rape and pillage a village.
  • It looks like a surprise attack, where the guys with the white sashes are invading a prison to liberate some inmates, and the guards with the red shields are getting routed pretty badly.
  • A battle in a fortress with people who are out of proportion to their surroundings.

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